Labor Day weekend anglers gear up as fluke, wahoo strike

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The wind, which kept nearly everyone strapped to the dock on Thursday, is expected to set enough for fishermen to get back on the water for the holiday weekend.

Surf and inshore fishing, which caught fire earlier this week with false albacore blitzes in several locations, will hopefully not be too affected by the drop in wind and air temperature.

One of the most explosive moments was a feeding frenzy about 100 yards from the beach at the southern end of Long Beach Island, where a school of blue fish and black tip sharks leaping out of water, according to Fishermen’s Headquarters at Ship Bottom.

Scotty Roland, left, dad Scott Roland, and Shane Roland, all from Wall, with a 9.1 pound lucky break from the Axel Carlson Reef.

Mike Pento of Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright said surfers had a good fishing for bluefish, false albacore and Spanish mackerel for a few days in a row at the sandy Monmouth Beach in Sandy Hook. The epoxy jigs were an effective lure for hooking the fish, he said.

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It calmed down by the middle of the week and no one tried Thursday due to the windswept conditions in the waves, he said.

Blue fishing was excellent on Wednesday around the Shrewsbury Rocks. Golden Eagle captain Rich Falcone said his tariffs reached their limits at the start of the trip on fish ranging from 1 ½ to 8 pounds.

The tuna fishermen made good mahi-mahi catches by working the lobster traps and even floating debris. Mahi, or dolphins as many call them, are found from canyons all the way to Mud Hole and Barnegat Ridge. A few wahoos were bridged, one after hitting a ballyhoo dragged across the ridge.

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On the last day of August, Paul Haertel and his group caught mahi weighing up to 31 pounds in the Lindenkohl Canyon. Haertel said they went to target the tuna but were unable to harvest any despite covering a lot of ground in Lindenkohl and Carteret Canyons. Haertel said they threw bucktails and a bunker of live peanuts at the mahi.

Captain William Egerter aboard the Dauntless said he observed a ton of mahi chicken, small one-pound pieces, around the lobster pots in the Mud Hole. He also saw several dozen under the floating carcass of a large dead sea turtle.

With bass season closed for next month, Egerter is targeting porgies on the rock piles off the north coast of Monmouth County in areas like Rattlesnake and Shrewsbury Rocks.

Porgies have not yet arrived in large numbers. So far he has had a few days with 40 or 50 porgies disembarking on the boat and days with less. He said the bulk of the porgies still fit in the Long Island Strait. Its fares also catch a few triggerfish on the rocky bottom.

Fluke anglers catch sizable fish on daggerboards about a mile or two from the beach and on the reefs. An 8-pound stroke of luck landed on the Jamaica II on Tuesday, according to captain Ryan Bogan. The rain forecast held people home on Wednesday, but it only rained a few minutes. It worked well for his small crowd which brought in a lucky boat limit for the day.

Jamaica’s Captain Howard Bogan Jr. may have had a blue tile record on the boat on his tile trip off Tuesday. Bogan had a reel on the line in a potential record blue line about two weeks ago. This caught fish was weighed twice at sea and weighed 22 and 24 pounds. Returning to the dock on a certified scale, he weighed 22 pounds, more than a pound less than New Jersey’s state record of 23.4 pounds (also known as Gray) Tilefish.

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On Tuesday’s trip, George Hanakis grabbed a 23.8-pound blue tile, which will break the record if certified by the state. The trip went very well otherwise. Bogan said everyone had reached their blue line limit and there were several golden tiles hoisted into the boat from the depths and a heavy 24-pound grouper.

Gianni Giorgini-Pepa of Babylon, New York landed in the pool winning a 30-pound golden tile.

When Jersey Shore native Dan Radel doesn’t report the news, you can find him in a classroom where he is a history teacher. Join him @danielradelapp; 732-643-4072; dradel@gannettnj.com.


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